The Crazy Bear Hotel

This Valentine’s, my husband and I stayed at The Crazy Bear Hotel in Beaconsfield. It’s a hotel we have always wanted to visit. The Crazy Bear Hotel is known for it’s out of the ordinary decor and screams sexy romantic. Being a listed building, the hotel has character and is so lusciously decorated inside with the most random things.

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Upon arrival we were greeted with champagne and shown to our suite by a very friendly member of staff. Because every room is different, I had a look at the rooms available on the website and picked junior suite number 8. I was instantly drawn to the beautiful black and gold decor and the stunning rose gold bath tub at the end of the bed.

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I’ve never seen decor quite as spectacular as this. The walls were black and gold crushed velvet diamond shapes and the floor was laid in black leather. Above the bed the ceiling was completely mirrored- seriously sexy. I was worried that people would be able to see through the windows, but it was mirrored from the outside, another very nice touch.

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Once I had taken in all of the amazing surroundings, I found a complimentary bottle of champagne on ice, ready for our arrival. We arrived at around 4 pm so had some time to kill before dinner. So of course the first thing I did was I ran a bath and drank champagne!

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I am dying over this amazing rose gold bath tub. Seriously, just look how inviting it looks! It was as heavenly as it looks. And get this, the water fills from the ceiling. It’s SO extra but I love it so much!

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The bathroom was mirrored from every angle, and features a mini version of the bathtub for the sink. The shower was completely open which felt really strange to use, but liberating at the same time.

We really enjoyed our stay at The Crazy Bear Hotel. If you want to have a romantic getaway with the WOW factor, visit The Crazy Bear Hotel. This hotel will get you in the mood for quality time with your partner *wink wink*. It really is spectacular! I’m already thinking of excuses to go again. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

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Click for my Valentine’s day outfit

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Lipstick Of The Week | NARS

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NARS Velvet Lip Glide £23.00

 

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The Verdict

NARS Velvet Lip Glide is so dense and rich in pigment that it leaves your lips looking deliciously glossy. It comes in a cute and understated packaging. I’m using this beautiful vamp colour called Unspeakable. To get this really glossy look I applied on a few layers. I love this gloss, it comes in many shades from nudes to vampire. I already have the colour Stripped and I will be adding more to my collection. It’s so worth the £23.00, I highly recommend!

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Lipstick Of The Week | Barry M

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The Verdict

This week I’m using Barry M Matte Me Up Liquid Lip Kit £6.99 from ASOS. I’m very excited about this lip kit by Barry M. Firstly it’s only £6.99, I mean seriously, how cheap is that?? You get a liner and a lipstick! Does the price tag mean that the quality is compromised? Absolutely not! The liner is creamy and packed with colour. The lipstick is so similar to my beloved Huda liquid lipsticks. It smells great, it glides on beautifully and most importantly it looks amazing and lasts! There are metallic kits available, but the range isn’t huge. Barry M please bring out more! I can’t get enough!

Lipstick Of The Week | NARS

For my Lipstick Of The Week I’m using NARS Audacious Lipstick, colour Bette. £26 from ASOS.

Link

 

http://www.asos.com/nars/nars-audacious-lipstick/prd/4629396?CTARef=Bag%20Item%20Image

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The Verdict

I am loving this colour!! It’s the perfect vampire shade. However I had to be generous, applying on a few layers to achieve the full potential of this lipstick. Retailing at £26, it is a little on the high end of lipstick prices. Yes, the packaging is slick, the lid is magnetic and snaps on in a very sophisticated way. But does this warrant spending £26? The sensible part of me says no, but the naughty side of me says this colour is banging. It’s a good lipstick, it is moisturising and goes on very silky giving your lips a beautiful shine. NARS claims that this lipstick gives a full coverage in a single stroke, but I disagree with this claim as I had to apply quite a few layers to get full coverage. Although I like this lipstick, I’m not in a rush to buy more shades from this range as I feel that there isn’t anything majorly special about it that makes it stand out from other lipsticks.

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Lipstick Of The Week | Laura Mercier

I’m using Laura Mercier Velour Extreme matte lipstick – Fire £22.00 from Selfridges.

Link

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/laura-mercier-velour-extreme-matte-lipstick_304-3005452-12701645/?previewAttribute=Fire

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The Verdict

This matte lipstick comes in many colours and is in the style of a pen. It twists like a traditional lipstick but looks like a fat lip liner. It is creamy and very pigmented. Although it glides on easily, it is hard to get precision as the tip of the lipstick is big and rounded. I recommend using a lip brush to get perfect edges.

I chose the colour Fire. It is a proper red, red. This colour is definitely a statement because it is so bold and would give any monotone outfit a pop of colour. Unlike liquid matte lipsticks, you have lots of time to get it perfect as it doesn’t dry like the way liquid lipsticks do.

I haven’t used any lipsticks in this style before so I can’t compare, but I love the quality and the colour. The pigment and coverage is great, thumbs up from me!

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Hair Transformation | Black to Platinum Blonde (Phase ONE)

5 and a Half Hours in 3 Minutes and 43 Seconds

Just going for it

I loved my long black hair, it was my comfort blanket and it was safe. But I’ve had the same hair style since school and knew it was time for a change. I was a hair stylist’s nightmare, only getting a tiny trim every 6 months and using the occasional box colour to lighten my hair when I felt impulsive. I have been wanting to make a drastic change to my hair for a long time but I have chickened out every time. This time, my amazing friend Melissa Lovell talked me out of copping out. Melissa is a hairstylist/colourist/hair extensions specialist based in Novo, Southend. She has been in the hair industry for over 15 years and I knew I would be in good hands.

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Commitment

Having your hair coloured is a commitment. I am aiming for platinum blonde with dark roots. Before committing to this colour, I did a lot of research about products and how to maintain the colour and health of my hair. I also understood that I would not reach the colour I desire in one sitting but in stages. It is expensive and takes time, so I would recommend to anyone thinking of colouring their hair to do their research before hand.

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Melissa made me feel safe and reassured. Cutting off years and years of hair is a big deal! I was surprised how much I love my hair short. I thought I would look like a boy, but I actually felt more feminine and fun. The cut instantly made my hair look thicker and healthier, I am thrilled with how bouncy and cute it looks.

Colour is unpredictable, you just don’t know how your hair is going to take. Everything went to plan and I was delighted with how light Melissa was able to get my hair with just two bleaches! She used L’Oréal Platinum Lightening paste and developer. With this she also used Olaplex Part 1, any good hair stylist or colour tech will tell you that it is the holy grail of preserving the integrity of your hair. She then left Olaplex Part 2 in my hair for 10 minutes after using L’Oréal P01 Toner to tone my hair.

If you watch the video you will see that we talk ALOT. I couldn’t help but laugh at myself when editing the video! It was so much fun having my hair done by my friend, in total Melissa spent about 5 and a half hours on me. She then did one more bleach and toner the next day to lighten my hair some more.

Results

It’s not going to be a quick journey to get to where I want to be but I am thrilled with how the colour looks so far. I will now have regular appointments to maintain my hair. Again, it’s a commitment. I have purchased all the products recommended to keep my hair healthy but also maintain the colour. I’ll be writing about it soon and also documenting my journey in achieving that platinum blond hair I love so much. Watch this space!

After third Bleach

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Lipstick Of The Week | Estée Lauder

I’m kick starting off my Lipstick Of The Week with Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Paint-On matte liquid lipstick. I’m using 102 Bronze Leaf £25 from Selfridges.

Link

http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/cat/estee-lauder-pure-color-envy-paint-on-matte-liquid-lipstick-7ml_327-81004877-P364010000/?previewAttribute=100+espresso-matte&cm_mmc=PLA-_-Google-_-BEAUTY-_-ESTEELAUDER&$$&_$ja=tsid:35948%7ccid:198779374%7cagid:10881905254%7ctid:aud-132230873601:pla-103721306974%7ccrid:40370766334%7cnw:g%7crnd:3575306658411216337%7cdvc:m%7cadp:1o1%7cmt:%7cloc:9045013&gclid=Cj0KCQiAp8fSBRCUARIsABPL6Ja3dcG4B347wWP793ON2n_gRnLkGkq5aDea6vI14LKRf4x_3PpG_FwaAq3mEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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The Verdict

This lusciously silky matte liquid lipstick comes in many beautiful colours. The quality compares to other popular matte liquid lipsticks like Huda Beauty’s. The 7ml bottle will go a long way as the pigment is so good that you won’t even have to use lip liner!

This matte liquid lipstick doesn’t give you that horrible sticky, patchy feeling like you get with some of the cheaper liquid matte lipsticks on the market, nor does it look dodgy and wrinkly when you top it up. It smells amazing and glides on effortlessly, as you can see from the video.

At £25, this lipstick is on the expensive side. But it is luxurious and will last all night (believe me, it lasted through a three course dinner and drinks!). I am a fan, and I will probably be adding more colours to my collection. I hope you enjoyed reading my Lipstick Of The Week. Please read my blog every Monday to see what lipstick I will be trying next.

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